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The Ladies Of 'Sucker Punch' On Its Girl Power & Other Revelations Of The Fantasy Action Behemoth

  • By Leah Zak
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  • March 25, 2011 5:48 AM
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Jena Malone Surprised WB Greenlit The Risky Film, Oscar Isaac Gives Details On Working With 'Mad Genius" Nichols Winding RefnZach Snyder's long gestating, high-concept, ladies-led fantasy project "Sucker Punch" -- one not based on any kind of pre-existing franchise or comic book, but very genre-blending -- has been reported on, speculated about and anticipated for ages, so now that it's finally arriving in theaters this weekend, we'll be curious to see if that interest translates at the box office. Will it turn into "Kick Ass," a beloved genre film that was ignored by mainstream audiences? Or will it turn out like "Watchmen," perhaps not the most successful comic-book adaptation of all time given its budget and the legalities surrounding it (a $107 million dollar domestic gross plus $185 million worldwide off a $130 million dollar budget, minus marketing and a very expensive lawsuit to boot which saw WB handing profit from the film over to Fox) but still, with DVD revenue, nothing to be ashamed of either.

Edgar Ramirez Being Sought For A Villain Role In 'Superman'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 12:57 PM
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After an early bout of casting rumors around Zack Snyder's upcoming "Superman," the cord has quickly been tightened around the film, employing Christopher Nolan levels of secrecy (and no surprise really, given he's overseeing the project). In fact the only real concrete news of late is that Kevin Costner was confirmed as Pa Kent in the film, while Snyder himself revealed Viggo Mortensen won't be in the film (he was rumored for Zod). But this morning comes a fresh bit of potential casting, so get ready to put on your speculation hats on people.

Michael Shannon Rumored As Candidate For 'Superman' Villain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 9:59 AM
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Well, here's the best fucking idea we've heard all day. This morning the rumor mill started around Zack Snyder's "Superman" again with word that Edgar Ramirez ("Carlos") was being considered for a villain role in the upcoming film. Well, another actor has now emerged -- someone who is perhaps one of the finest character actors working right now.

"I Would Mop The Floor For Zack Snyder" Emily Browning Says About Intense, Rewarding 'Sucker Punch'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • March 24, 2011 7:05 AM
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Actress Jokes She Would Play 'Superman's Dad If Snyder Asked Her, Also Gives Details On Her Disturbing Next Project 'Sleeping Beauty'EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch" is, if anything, a film like few we've seen before: a female-led fantasy action series where a bunch of girls kick some serious ass in a series of highly stylized fantasy worlds in an effort to escape their reality at an oppressive mental asylum. Baby Doll, the newest patient, leads the pack of young runaways and orphans as they fight off zombie soldiers, dragons and machine-gun wielding robots in an attempt to find the five keys to their freedom. We had the chance to sit down with Baby Doll herself, Emily Browning, and chat about what it took to prepare herself for fighting her way through a fantasy and the intense bonds such an experience can create.

Director's Cut Of 'Sucker Punch' 18 Minutes Longer, Will Feature Full Musical Number

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 3:38 AM
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"Sucker Punch" opens tomorrow, and reviews are beginning to trickle out this morning. While you'll have to wait a bit for our full assessment we'll say this: we agree with the general consensus out there. But for better or worse, the film is a Zack Snyder fantasy writ very, very large but even he has to play by the rules. With the studio requiring a PG-13 rating for the film, it was inevitable that the helmer would have to make cuts to get it there. As Emily Browning recently revealed, a steamy scene between her and Jon Hamm got the axe for being too sensual, but it appears that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Emily Browning Says Steamy Scene With Jon Hamm Cut From 'Sucker Punch' To Ensure PG-13 Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2011 7:56 AM
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The jury is still out on Zack Snyder's "Sucker Punch," the robots and dragons and girls with guns and swords fantasy pic that opens this Friday. And while it certainly looks unlike anything to hit the big screen -- for better or worse -- Emily Browning reveals that she's pissed one sequence in particular got cut to please the MPAA and help secure a PG-13 rating for the film.

Zack Snyder Says 'Superman' Was Not Part Of His Plan And "Came Out Of Nowhere"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 22, 2011 3:45 AM
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Filmmaker Says He Can't Believe There Are 'Thor' & 'Iron Man' Films, But No 'Superman' Movie Among This Current CrazeFrom remakes of classic zombie films to CGI-led, testosterone-y swords and sandal pictures, to dark superhero deconstructions and animated adventure movies starring talking owls, filmmaker Zack Snyder's career has seemingly been all over the map, but the connective tissue has been a fantasy element that has consistently run throughout the work including his upcoming ladies-led steampunk fantasy actioner, "Sucker Punch."

Viggo Mortensen Won't Play General Zod In 'Superman: Man of Steel'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2011 1:45 AM
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Zack Snyder Says That Film Is His 'Most Realistic' Movie, Temporarily Forgetting Gritty Documentary-Style Realism Of 'Legends of the Guardians: The Owls Of Ga'Hoole' While the world and their wife are currently debating the role that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be playing in "The Dark Knight Rises" (we don't want to add to the fuss, but we met someone down at the pub last night who swore up and down that he'll be King Tut), Zack Snyder is quietly assembling his cast for the other big DC Comics movie of 2012, "Superman: Man of Steel." British actor Henry Cavill landed the title role at the start of the year, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner have been cast (perfectly, it should be said) as his adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent.

Exclusive: Emily Browning Says She Auditioned For 'Hunger Games,' Declined 'Twilight' Part Of Bella

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 21, 2011 4:15 AM
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'Sucker Punch' Actress Said She Considered Quitting Acting, Which Was Part Of The Reason She Decided Not To Audition For BellaHow did 22-year-old Emily Browning go from the one of the kids in "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" in 2004 only take only two roles between 2005 and 2009 ("Stranded," "The Uninvited") before winding up in the lead of Zack Snyder's sci-fi steampunk fantasy action pic, "Sucker Punch," which hits theaters this weekend?

Amanda Seyfried Auditioned For A Role In 'Superman' But Didn't Get The Job

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 21, 2011 2:37 AM
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Lost Out On Lead Role In 'Sucker Punch' Due To Clash With 'Big Love' ScheduleThink back to the heady days of 2004, when you first saw Tina Fey's minor classic of the teen movie genre, "Mean Girls." You, like the rest of us, probably thought that the biggest star to graduate from that film would be its lead, Lindsay Lohan, who gave an endearing, goofy performance that suggested a long career was ahead of her. Instead, a whole bunch of drugs intervened, and Lohan is basically now unemployable, leaving her co-stars to lap her in the stardom stakes. Well, not Lacey Chabert so much, but both Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried have become some of the biggest female stars of their generation.

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